Here are a few steps that you can take in order to help your child to see and understand that they need drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Often, young adults want to believe that they do not have a problem with drug addiction. When you are young, you often believe that you are going to live forever. Many young adults think that they can handle a cocktail of drugs and wake up the next day without any problems. However, this is not always the case.
The first step that a parent should take in order to get their child to see that they have a problem is to directly call a drug and alcohol treatment facility. If you do this, you will find a helpful admissions counselor on the end of the phone. The admissions counselor is a friendly voice that wants to help you and your loved one. Even though a lot of admissions counselors are not trained interventionists, they have a background in alcohol and drug addiction. Most phone admissions counselors are open to speaking with your son or daughter on the telephone. The beauty of this is that it is free. Most treatment centers have 24 hour hotlines set up in order to speak with families that have a loved one that needs to go into treatment. It can seem like an endless and painful situation sometimes.
Many admissions counselors have previous lifestyles that once held them captive to drug and alcohol abuse. A lot of counselors on the phone will tell you that they were once addicted to drugs and alcohol themselves. You will usually find that by allowing your son or daughter to speak to one of these phone counselors helps them to see that they have a problem.
You basically have no time to wait. If your child needs and wants help, they must get it. It is important to get the help that you need right now. A professional intervention can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. It takes a lot of time, effort and professionalism to set up an intervention. However, not everyone can afford this.
Another way that you can convince your son or daughter to go into a rehab is to stop enabling them. Put your foot down. Tell them that they can no longer get any money from you. You must be firm and not a “softy”. If your son or daughter is used to getting there way with you, it can be a tiring situation. They will often sense that you are not being serious and try to take advantage of you. You must stay firm and let them know that you will no longer support their habit or their lifestyle. You may even have to ask them to leave the house. Remember, you are in charge and must be a responsible parent for your son or daughter.
Even if your child begs you to give them money, you must say no. This is the only way to let them see that they must get help. The more that you give into them because you feel sorry for them, the worse their situation will become. It will take a lot of work on a parent’s part to convince their son or daughter to get help.
You can also try writing them a letter. Let them know how you feel and why they need to get help. Let them see that they have a problem. Give them a consequence of what will happen if they don’t get help.